Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson calls naming Tom Smith Waders captain a ‘no-brainer’
PUBLISHED: 11:25 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 04 July 2018
Biggleswade Town boss Lee Allinson says naming Tom Smith the new Waders captain was a ‘no-brainer’ after their first training session of pre-season.
Allinson and his management team hosted their first Langford Road training session on Saturday, as the ‘refreshed’ Waders outfit - including 12 new signings - prepare for a packed pre-season.
Following the session Allinson named exciting 24-year-old defender Tom Smith as his captain.
Speaking to CometSport, Allinson said: “When I first met the lad he reminded me massively of Steven Gentle, who was the skipper when I played for Biggleswade.
“When I was signing Tom, Steven spoke highly of him. He’s got a winning mentality, speaks very well and he’s an all round leader.
“As soon as he got in the changing room the boys gravitated to him.”
Standing at six feet and three inches, Smith, who also captained former side Hayes and Yeading, will have former England C player Kieron Forbes as his vice-captain. Allinson said Forbes has ‘trained great and you can tell he’s been at a higher level.’
Ahead of at least 10 friendly fixtures in July, Allinson said: “I’ve been very impressed with the boys, they’ve worked hard and I think the squad has come together nicely.
“Everyone’s come back fit and looking to impress. Nobody was left behind in the running. So far so good.
“I’m a believer that games get you fit. I think the boys get bored of training, it becomes very monotonous. The first three or four games are for fitness, players will be playing 45-minutes and we’ll take two teams to every game.
“We’ll train most Thursdays to tick over on the fitness but in the games it’s about the players expressing themselves.”
The Waders will begin 2018-19 away to London Colney on Saturday, and Allinson is relishing his first match as the boss: “I can’t wait, once the boys put their shirts on it’ll really hit home.
“It’s different being the manager, decisions are solely on my head but the management team have been brilliant with anything I need.
“We haven’t lost a game yet because we haven’t had one so at the moment it’s quite easy but when we do start playing I’m sure it’ll change.
“I’m a believer in not getting too high when you win and not getting too low when you lose but it’s difficult sometimes because you do take it personally. So far it’s been great and very enjoyable.”
Allinson got straight to work in the transfer window but he’s still on the lookout: “We’ve got a lad training with us at the moment who played at this level last season who I’m keen on.
“I’m also looking for one more centre-half but I think the squad is strong and we’ve got a lot of versatile players.
“If I had to start the season tomorrow I’d be happy to do it with this squad but if I do manage to get one more centre-back and the lad who is training with us I’d be really happy.”